Migrants shouldn’t be blamed for illegal drug smuggling at southern border

Posted 26 October 2022 at 2:07 pm


A recent letter to the Hub conflated illegal drug smuggling with migrants crossing our southern border.

Let’s be clear; the amount of drugs entering the country by migrants is very small. The vast majority of illegal drugs enters the border at ports of entry. Brian Sulc, executive director of the Department of Homeland Security’s Transnational Organized Crime Mission Center, testified to a congressional committee in May that it is very rare for migrants or undocumented immigrants to bring in illegal drugs.

Furthermore, he testified that most fentanyl smuggling is done by U.S. citizens at ports of entry. Conflating migrants with the illegal drug trade is both ignorant and racist.

William Fine